1. A 1940 Schiaparelli ensemble in black and Shocking Pink.

    A 1940 Schiaparelli ensemble in black and Shocking Pink.

  2. A flowery ensemble by Chloé, Spring-Summer 1977.

    A flowery ensemble by Chloé, Spring-Summer 1977.

  3. A printed silk ensemble from Givenchy’s Spring-Summer 1966 collection.

    A printed silk ensemble from Givenchy’s Spring-Summer 1966 collection.

  4. A very cute Dior skirt and cardigan ensemble dating from between 1962 and 1964.

    A very cute Dior skirt and cardigan ensemble dating from between 1962 and 1964.

  5. A lovely summer ensemble of a skirt, bolero and matching hat from Elsa Schiaparelli’s Spring-Summer 1940 collection.
Edit to clear things up for baconistasty and anyone else who may be confused…
The top is a bolero jacket so it would have presumably been worn over a blouse, possibly even a midriff blouse which were in style at this time, but there would have definitely been more skin coverage than on the manikin.
I believe (though it’s a complete guess) the reason the museum (the Met in this case) chose to display it this way is because the original Schiaparelli ensemble did not include a blouse.  (I did a double take the first time I saw it as well ;) )

    A lovely summer ensemble of a skirt, bolero and matching hat from Elsa Schiaparelli’s Spring-Summer 1940 collection.

    Edit to clear things up for baconistasty and anyone else who may be confused…

    The top is a bolero jacket so it would have presumably been worn over a blouse, possibly even a midriff blouse which were in style at this time, but there would have definitely been more skin coverage than on the manikin.

    I believe (though it’s a complete guess) the reason the museum (the Met in this case) chose to display it this way is because the original Schiaparelli ensemble did not include a blouse.  (I did a double take the first time I saw it as well ;) )

  6. An 1828 floral printed cotton day dress and what is probably my all time favorite museum mannequin ensemble.
No one can put together an outfit quite like the Victoria & Albert Museum. 

    An 1828 floral printed cotton day dress and what is probably my all time favorite museum mannequin ensemble.

    No one can put together an outfit quite like the Victoria & Albert Museum.